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In Everything Give Thanks: Day 3

Give Thanks In Suffering

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Today's Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19, Romans 5:1-5, Job 2:1-10

Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19, Romans 5:1-5, Job 2:1-10

But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
- 1 Peter 4:13, NASB

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
– Romans 8:18

It’s hard to be thankful while your world is crashing down. The ending of a job, the illness of a loved one, the loss of something you never dreamed you’d lose—so many circumstances in life take our breath away.

We are a world uncomfortable with deep, long-term suffering. We want to fix or be fixed quickly. We offer advice, platitudes, prayers, and cries to God of, “Why us? Why them?” No one wants to suffer, yet we all experience it at some point in our lives. And when we do, there is no shortage of advice on how we should handle it.

As we walk through our valleys, we do not have to dwell on our pain. Often it seems wrong and backwards that we would dare to find joy in the midst of suffering. Isn’t that a betrayal of the pain? Shouldn’t we be ashamed that our prayers were not answered? Should we be embarrassed that we believe in a God who, to someone on the outside looking in, seems to have ignored us?

Saying we’re thankful and hopeful in these situations may sound naive and even a bit crazy to those who are watching. But the Gospel never has made sense on paper, has it?

Isaiah 53:3 calls Jesus himself “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He was despised and rejected, mislabeled and wrongfully accused. He knew grief, but he did not allow it to define His life. His life on earth was defined by love. In love, He carried our grief and took on our sorrows, so we could have hope—a hope that does not change, even in the deep suffering of our earthly lives.

Sisters, it’s okay to be sad. But we know Jesus who died for us in love and rose again in love, so that all that is broken can be redeemed, so that in the midst of terrible pain we can know this isn’t all there is.

Our hope is never in vain when it’s in Jesus. Our thanksgiving in times of suffering is a testament to how temporary the pain is in light of our great eternal joy and our everlasting hope.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
- Romans 5:5

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  • Perfect for what I’m feeling today

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. It’s so hard to follow this verse but with our hope in Christ we can always find something to be thankful for, sometimes just surviving another day by His grace.

  • I have been stuck in such a rut for the last few years.. I thought after getting married or even having a kid things would get better or change in some way good. After reading just this first day, I guess I’m just a tiny bit hopeful again. It’s hard to be thankful in the moment when everything is bleak, but I’ll try.

    • Peggy Petrey

      May His brightness shine light upon your bleakness. May you see how deep His love is for you.

  • Joy Garingo

    i have been going through so much lately and i have been a Christian as long as i could remember and it truly is no secret that being a Christian in this world makes living as one, harder and harder every single day because of all the suffering, pain and despair. i want everyone to know that no matter how hard we try on our own, we are always in dire need of Jesus’ strength. what i have learned is that, when we grow more mature, we lose sight of our need to be dependent to Him and we focus on being ‘independent’. we sometimes make choices that we seem to think is logical and beneficial for everyone but still, suffering and despair is in every corner of our good decisions. i have realized that no matter how independent i may profess to be, i am and will always be in need of God, and that His Word must always be obeyed. i now get why we suffer. we suffer because simply of our own sins, we suffer because of our follies and we suffer because we assert our will instead of obeying His will. but the story doesnt, thankfully, end there, because amidst the consequences of our actions, God makes all things new. He does not fail, He is always faithful, that even if we are caught in the midst of the webs that we had spun for ourselves, He does not abandon us and He gives us peace and joy, despite of our sins and while we are suffering.

    we forget this a lot. i know that most of us here know & had even heard a sermon or two, read a verse or two about God’s faithfulness to us in times of our suffering, but friends we forget. thus it is to be a habit that we get reacquainted with all of His promises everyday that we would not lose sight of our purpose and of the truth.

    thank you She Reads Truth, for becoming not only, one of the brightest beacons of light, but also, for being a good ‘reminding system’ for Christians all over the world. God Bless you ❤❤❤❤

  • Sometimes the pain can be unbearable knowing that your pain is brought on by the choices made over the years. I’ve been saved for many years. I love God but I have not turned the corner on this. I still find it hard to rejoice and be joyful during these periods. Dreams that will never come true, disappointments and longings. Lord have mercy.

  • Kathryn

    This year has been a tough year on me and my family. The one constant thing has been God. I know it can be easy to pray in the good times, but I feel like it’s just as important in the bad. I heard a pastor quote one time, “God doesn’t need our worship and praise as much as we need to worship and praise Him. He already knows; the worship and praise is to remind us of who He is. “

  • I love this. It always scares me a bit to read scripture or devotions about suffering – for fear that He is equipping me for something imminent. Thankful for a right perspective today, His word is ever equipping.

  • I so needed to read this today!! After a really rough week last week and preparing to do some freedom work, this really hit home. So thankful that Jesus knows what I need to read/hear and when!

  • Jesslynn

    Love. Love. Love. ❤️☺️

  • I finally made it to my senior year in college. Then all of a sudden I was hit with constant anxiety, insomnia, and depression. I don’t know why…I’ve cried and prayed and cried and stretched my arms to him calling on Jesus…I know that we are supposed to give thanks even in suffering but I need help and I need Jesus to fight for me…

    • Gretel

      And he will fight for you! He can send his mighty warring Angels to protect you from the enemy. Keep praising him and thanking him for that and know that you are not alone. God bless you and keep you, sister!

    • Marisa Grant

      You are not alone in this. There are many others, including myself who also suffer from this. Please continue to pray and trust. It’s also okay to seek help from your doctor who can prescribe you medication. Counseling is also great. We all need help sometimes. Blessings to you!

  • I have dealt in heartbreak for the last six months. Whether it was something to do with my job, something with family, or a lost opportunity at relationship, I have given myself the suffering. I have put burden on myself, instead of knowing and understanding that God has me. He has my back. His hand is guiding me, I must only choose to turn and take it in my own. Dear Lord, hold my hand and allow me the pleasure and grace of your guidance and understanding. I pray for my own understanding in your plan and the faith to take steps into the unknown, and into your light.

  • Noelle Lowery

    Suffering is an interesting concept, and I think it means different things to different people. Even at my lowest moment, I am not sure I truly suffered, and that is how I give thanks. In those moments when my heart is broken or I feel alone, I do thank God for the lessons learned and for the capacity to make it through the event. That brings me strength and hope.

  • ive been dealing with alot of what seems to be various symptoms of all sorts of types of anxiety and tonight in particular was a rough one. im trying so hard to figure out why im going through this. whats causing it and about how i just wish it would leave me alone. its been getting in the way of alot of things and making it very difficult to do things that otherwise would be so fun. especially recently and im just so desperate to figure this thing out and get a handle on it. and tonight it was really helpful to be reminded to give thanks. but i also know i need to just give my worries to God instead of (or maybe just in addition to) endlessly googling and making lists and talking to people about it.

    • Lauren Ingram

      Sister I’ve been where you are- recently- I was going through this heavy anxiety that id never experienced before, I wasn’t ever a nervous person, a worrier maybe, but it got to the point where I almost had a panic attack in class one day and there were definitely several sleepless nights. But in all of this I found that exercise, running in particular really helped me, being with loved ones & telling them exactly what was going on & then talking to God & telling him what was going on and praying. Praying all the time about everything. It’s calmed me a lot to know that God is never away or far, he’s always right there with me & when I’m afraid I can and will call out to him. And I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but this verse has really helped me through & has almost been a mantra in my head, Matthew 6:25-34. Every time id talk to someone about this or sit down to do a devotion this verse would pop up. Almost every single time. I found a lot of solace in it & I hope you will to! I don’t know how to get rid of anxiety but I do know that through seeking out the Lord & his love & peace he has really calmed my heart. I used to always write in my journal God, the Prince of Peace. Because he really, really is. Love you & I’ll be praying for you sister!

      • Jerray

        I finally made it to my senior year in college. Then all of a sudden I was hit with constant anxiety, insomnia, and depression. I don’t know why…I’ve cried and prayed and cried and stretched my arms to him calling on Jesus…I know that we are supposed to give thanks even in suffering but I need help and I need Jesus to fight for me…

  • Miranda Franks

    This devotion spoke to me very boldly as I lost both my parents in a murder suicide at the age of 25, a year before I was supposed to get married. In that year, what should’ve been the happiest year of my life planning my wedding was the most stressful and saddest year picking up the pieces, battling PTSD, and essentially now being an orphan. Although many would take this angrily, I was only angry for a short while, my sister and I talked and talked and we realized this tragedy has brought us so much freedom from their marital problems and we can now start our own families with a clean slate. God has something bigger in the plans that often we cannot see and I do have to remind myself of this everyday and especially when I’m missing my mom or dad. Granted, I still have bad days but this tragedy has brought me closer to God and for that in everyday I try to give thanks.

  • A little over a month ago my father died from cancer. Two weeks before he died, a sweet and Godly man I was dating decided it best that we step back from our relationship and remain as only friends. Having never dated anyone before, this came as a crushing blow after hoping for a happier future. And then obviously, the loss of my sweet daddy eclipsed and greatly intensified the pain I felt. Having just turned 25 years old, I had never experienced such immense loss and incomprehensible suffering. Through it all, I have been amazed at the Lord’s faithfulness to hold me together when I feel like everything is falling apart. I am encouraged and blown away that a sovereign, holy God would choose to enter into man’s suffering and allow Himself to feel this pain I feel in order to save us from it for eternity. I will miss my earthly father everyday and I have no idea what my future holds as far as God fulfilling my desire to have a family of my own, but I know that I can trust my Creator who is faithful and good. I am thankful that I am getting to see my God in a new way that I could have never known if my life remained in a state of ease and comfort. It hasn’t been easy and will not be for a while. I still long for this season of suffering to pass soon, but I pray that the Lord would allow me to let Him use this time in any way He can to make me more like Him and to bring glory to His name. I ask for anyone who has read my story to please pray for my family and I during this hard time. Pray that the Lord would work and move, heal and comfort. Thank you all for your prayers!

    • Candis Hickman

      Praise God Jenna, that you feel His presence in the midst of your suffering. I will certainly keep you and your family in my prayers. -Candis

    • sschiffer

      Thank you for sharing this story. God will continue to work with you! I feel that you have such a strong soul and I will pray for you and your family! God bless.

    • Sallie Vega

      God bless you Jenna. I can only imagine how hard it was to share your story especially on line with women that you probably have never met. The Lord our God is with you and will never forsake you, you keep on praising and clinging to him girl! This too shall pass! God never gives us anything that we can’t handle. You and your family are in my prayers and I know that your sweet daddy is shining down and couldn’t be more proud of his little girl.

    • Ashley Aylsworth

      Jenna I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray you find comfort in this time. This verse always brings me peace in light of painful situations:
      Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-8‬ ESV)

  • I really connected with this devotional today! My boyfriend broke up with me a few days ago and although I was really sad, I surrendered myself to the Lord and have been doing much better getting through this break up than most. I am thankful for whatever lesson is to be learned and I am thankful God gave me time with my ex boyfriend. Although it wasn’t meant to be, I know God has a plan for me and I trust in it. Even though I am suffering, I am thankful because I am excited for God’s plan and so thankful that me loves me so much. And I love him!

  • My husband & I are not able to have children naturally and this has been a source of great suffering for me. But this lesson has helped me shift my perspective. My grief is what ultimately led me to God, & for that I’m so grateful. Being able to find some gratitude in this situation feels very freeing…I can feel myself beginning to let go of the torment & trust that God has a plan for me. I pray for all who are suffering that they can feel God comforting their hearts & holding them close.

  • Shaye Brim

    God is good, even when we are undeserving of us his love. When we question why he would do this to us… He knows what he is doing & would never put in a situation we couldn’t handle. He has a path for our lives… We just have to get through the rough patches, which we can get through w/ God on our side

  • I am so so thankful for this devotion. I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks that lasted for 7 weeks in January. Since then I have been dealing with horrible anxiety and all the scary symptoms that come with it–heart racing, shaking, panic attacks, & chest tightness. I have three young children and a sweet husband that I need to be a wife and mama to. It’s so hard to not feel like God is ignoring me when I cry out to Him all the time to deliver me from the anxiety. Isn’t it so simple for him to deliver me from this?! It’s hard to not dwell on “Why doesn’t He help me?!” Life doesn’t stop just because I have this ridiculous anxiety. I hate it. I’m reminded that I need to praise God for what he has blessed me with already (SO MUCH) and the assurance that this anxiety will not last for forever and that there is a purpose for the pain. It is a season. A crapy season to go through, but only a season.

    • Jerray

      Hey Kristy!
      About 5 years ago, I was 16 and my parents gotta divorce , it was terrible one, and I saw witnesses everything. I guess it got to me and I suffered for months with panic disorders and anxiety attacks and didn’t understand why. Until oneday I humbled myself, accepted the anxiety, and took it as this is how God wants to keep me close to him and that he wants my attention. Sometimes things happen so we can fun back to him and realize that we need him. Once I accepted that, and started thanking God, it went away. The only times I get that anxiety feelings is when I veered away from him…HE WANTS YOUR ATTENTION. LISTEN !

  • Rose Marie Rivera

    I was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage and all I remembered is how much I suffered and lost faith. I’ve realized that there are people who believe in God that he sent his Son to take our suffering for hope. It took me a long time to know that God’s love is so amazing He shows so much compassion to those who suffer. I am happily saved by a Man who always first loved me. Amen.

  • Hello sisters, I’m prayed, hope and believe with my heart and confessed with my mouth success over my life as I took this exam for my residency I wanted to score so high that I couldn’t be reject but I fell 20 points short of my goal I was disappointed cause I looked to Jesus because I knew my strength will fail me if I didn’t, i mourned, Cried and leaked my wounds . Then I saw this plan on my app n decided to do it, I know now that our God is always with us, bad things, let down expect ions happen for a reason and in all things glorify the father because the plans he has are always good to bring all of us to an expected end, he blesses and adds no sorrow , so what we think might be so bad could actually be a blessing in disguise. My heart is learning daily to accept my score and thank God that whilst others failed I passed not as I wanted but I made it through and once there is hope there is light at the end of the tunnel. I thank the writers for God have used them richly to bless me. Have an exceptional week sisters!

  • Mae Washington

    I am in the middle of a storm that has caused me to feel lost and broken with anxiety at times and I have to sing to myself to find comfort. I thank you all for sharing because it’s helping me today. I know I need to trust that God is in the midst and is going to guide me. Some days are harder to see an end but I will praise Him and trust in His promises. May you all be blessed

  • My life has taken a different turn, one that I never imagined. I understand that the current pain is for God’s future glory. My sacrifice is so small in comparison what He sacrificed for us. Father I will find joy and glorify your name for you allowed this to happen and well see us through it. To you be all the glory

  • Just a matter of days ago news broke from Egypt that the Islamic State beheaded 21 “People of the Cross.” As I read today’s scripture, 1 Peter 4:16, resonated the deepest: “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. Interestingly enough the 21 were Coptic Christians meaning they are direct descendants of the early church in Egypt. Oh how the early church is known for its suffering… And here 2000 years later their grandchildren’s grandchildren are suffering for bearing the name Christian.
    When thinking of persecution and the early church I naturally think about the first martyr… Stephen. At the moments leading up to his execution in Acts 7 we know that he “looked up into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” Again it reads, ” Look, he said, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Jesus when depicted in heaven is always “sitting at the right hand of God.” But not here. Jesus stands at the martyrdom of Stephen. I can’t help but imagine Jesus also standing at the martyrdom of all who have giving everything to be called Christians.,. Including the martyrdom of the “21 People of the Cross.” How powerful.

  • Romans 8:18 was really powerful for me. And also saying “Jesus knew grief but did not allow it to define his life” gives huge perspective to us as followers. As we try to be more like him, we also have to strive to handle grief how he did. It’s so comforting :)

  • Kerri Kincaid

    I read this, was totally moved, shared it with friends, praised God through tears, and then heard “reread it and put “insomnia” and “not sleeping” (my suffering for the past 10 years)in where there is “suffering” etc”. I did it and it opened up a whole new realm of God’s love!!! Wow! Reread it and personalize it for you! Let God’s hope and love flood over you!!

  • I too Amanda have a disease I just got diagnosed with and had been suffering with for years mis diagnosed. I cry “why me at times” too because its such a rare disease and there is no cure. Its a rare skin disease. I read the part about Job and his boils and was like, wow… thats me. Thankfully I have a loving godly husband that wouldnt tell me to curse God and die, but its hard not to want to feel sorry for yourself when the Dr.’s treat me like a science project to help find a cure or relief for my disease. Thats where the eyes of Christ came in one day to me when I asked God “why me?” He said, “my beloved daughter why not you?” I paused and thought well, when I die one day Im not hopeless cause God is my hope, I may be the link to find a cure with new symptoms I have with my disease… I started thanking God for it!! Sounds dumb. I went on a womens get retreat a week before my diagnosis and God kept bringing to my heart how fearfully and wonderfully He made me. I want to encourage each one of you reading this, you are His beloved!! He made you oh so wonderful to His heart and thank God He did. We are overcomers in our pain when we praise Him. -

    • Ana

      What an inspiration you are. Present suffering for God’s future glory. Thank you for your words, they speak to me. God is using you

  • It is so hard to not wonder why me? I have a degenerative disease and often feel this way but we are reminded not to. That at this time to seek Him. One parable that really helps me visualize this is is the story of true blindness. I hope it helps you all too.

    John 9:1-5The Message (MSG)

    True Blindness
    9 1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”

    3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”

    • Tina Rhuman

      Thank you, Amanda, for sharing that story. I love that Jesus tells them they’re asking the wrong question, looking for someone to blame when in fact we should be looking for what God can do through our devotion and service to Him. We are lights of hope in the darkness if we let Him use us.

  • Kasey Tuggle

    Dwelling on my pain only produces more pain. Choosing joy is as simple as choosing Christ! When my attention is focused on Christ then my mind and actions are filled with so much more happiness! Because that is what Jesus gives me! When we keep our thankfulness and hope focused on Christ, we will experience more peace, joy, and a purpose for living then we ever thought was possible!!

    • Norma

      I miscarried a little while ago and I find my self dwelling on the pain. Your words helped me to notice I was doing so and realize that I need to start rejoicing more. Thank you! God is good!

      • Lauren Converse

        Norma, I am sorry for your pain and loss! I may be experiencing a MC but have to wait 2 weeks to find out. This devotion is really helping me to focus on the positive and find peace. It is really testing my patience but I think God is teaching me to focus on the future and not the moment by moment. I hope you can find peace and heal quickly!

      • Meg Ford

        I know how you feel. I too had a miscarriage. The day it happened I thought I had something to do with it. After praying and surrendering to The Lord that day, the next day was filled with peace and a comfort knowing that God has a plan for my husband and I. I am in no control and I find peace in knowing that. I pray for you and your family. It’s not easy to go through it. But through prayer and talking about it with other Christian women, I am able to let go of the pain it brought us. Take care!

      • Lyndsey

        Norma, I miscarried my first baby 6 years ago in April. Here is what I wrote in my journal after reading this day’s study. I this to be true in my own life as I look back through my journals after miscarriage. “I know the Holy Spirit was right there beside me speaking sweet tender words of TRUTH to my soul. I know He was speaking God’s truest words of love over me and in me. I know He lifted my head. I know He restored my soul. I know He kept me believing the promise that God would bring life through me again. I know He groaned for me before the Lord. I know He saw every tear, every cry out, every scream of frustration, and He knew exactly what to do with everyone of those things.” You are not alone in your loss. There so so many women who have walked the road of miscarriage. Let JESUS bring you to the other side. He has LIFE for you. It maybe in ways you expected or perhaps ways you never expected.

  • Barbra Summers

    Suffering brings us to the throne of grace faster than anything else! In our pain we cry out to God, in our desperation we seek him wholeheartedly ! And he meets us there and touches our heart with his love and instills his peace and HOPE!

  • Today’s study reminds me of Josh Wilson’s song “Fall Apart”: “Cause my whole world is caving in
    But I feel you now more than I did then
    How can I come to the end of me
    But somehow still have all I need?
    God I want to know you more
    Maybe this is how it starts
    I find you when I fall apart”
    Even when our world is crashing down we still have all we need when we turn to God. What joy and comfort that brings knowing that during times of sorrow we can turn to Him with empty hands and He will give us hope and heal our brokenness. My brother in law was recently in a motorcycle accident. We were told he may not survive the surgery. When he did they said he would be paralyzed on the left side and may never communicate again. Now, three long months later he is walking and talking and being healed. Prior to the accident his marriage was falling apart but through this they have come closer together. I take comfort in knowing that even at rock bottom God still has a plan for us! We can always find joy knowing our hope is in an incredible God ❤️

  • Christina

    I suffer from an anxiety disorder, and nearly every day is a struggle. With constant pressure to just be “normal” from family or others close to me who don’t seem to understand, I start to feel hopeless and wonder why God isn’t doing anything or why haven’t I been healed yet? It’s been a tough journey, but I am turning my perspective around and realizing that instead I should be rejoicing in this suffering. That God never intends for anything to harm us but rather always intends it for good. I know he has good plans for me. I know he will bring me through this in his timetable. I know that he will also give me the strength and courage and whatever else I need to endure and persevere. All glory to our great God!

    • Carrie S.

      Sorry about that girl! Anxiety is stupid. Praying God reveals his power to you.

    • Barbra Summers

      My daughter who is 10 has struggled with anxiety for 6 years. She is seeing a Christian psychiatrist and taking a small dose of Celexa. The medicine has really helped her. She still has some anxiety moments but she is able to get past them quicker with the medicine . I’m sorry you are going through this ! It’s tough! I’ll pray for you right now!

    • Sara

      Hi Christina,

      I have struggled on and off with anxiety for years. As a young girl, my mom would remind me every night to praise God for the day He would bring me through it. I tried many ways to overcome. There isn’t one solution that seems to work for everyone or for each season you struggle with it. However, one night I had a dream. I was stuck in a room with Satan and he set the walls on fire and said there was no way out. He was absolutely WRONG. Jesus appeared and told me to sing Jesus Loves Me. In my dream, I began to sing. The fire went out, Satan was banished, and I walked out. Ever since that night, if I felt anxiety on the rise, I would start singing. My anxiety would go away.

      I’ll be praying that The Lord gives you a way out. I am not anxiety free yet. Singing tends to relieve it in many situations (but not all) It comes and goes with seasons. But I continue to praise Him for the day I will never be anxious again and I will praise Him for the day you will be freed as well!

    • Kara

      I have depression and I know how hard it is to think of all the good things in life. My depression comes with anxiety and even anorexia from the loss of appetite. I’ve spent a large number of hours wondering “why me?” But recently I’ve been turning towards God. It’s so important to remember everything He does for us. He’s given me this incredible life and it’s time to rejoice, even in the times of suffering, because my depression does not define me.

  • KandisKorner

    1 Peter 4:12-19

    This passage is directed at Christians who "in the very thick" of it. Those that are suffering for being Christians. I realized while reading this passage that I have NEVER had to fight or truly stand up for my faith. It made me wonder if I was doing enough for God? I have had difficulties in other ways, primarily with my health and also a period of time with a child of mine. But even then, have I ever REALLY suffered? Do I really know what is means to live fully for Christ? So much to ponder on.

    I am very Thankful for the HOPE we have. Romans 5:5 really spoke to me. That hope will not lead to disappointment. That God loves us so so much.

  • Yogajean

    Today’s post really hit close to home for me. I have been going through a very rough time in life and find I don’t have much joy. And it does seem like a betrayal. How can I be blessed and joyful in the middle of all that looks like injustice in my life. So I continue to have hope in the just outcome. Thank you for this wonderful devotion!

  • So thankful for this post today. I have been really frustrated with the idea of Thanksgiving that tends to forget everything and pretend like everything is good. The Job reference couldn't be more perfect. It's okay to find God and be thankful in the midst of hard things because this is the place where God shapes us and creates. Our lives can include good and bad things, it's important to see that not everything is perfect but that we have a perfect God.

  • Sarabeth

    Job 2:10 “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” This verse struck me. Right now in my life I am not going through a major struggle, but even when the little things cause turmoil and disruption in my day, do I “not sin with my lips”?… No. But I should. Lord, keep my eyes on you and praise and thanksgiving on my lips.

    • Beth

      I’m with you, Sarabeth. I realize that my lips so easily slip into bitterness, callous remarks, non-joy overtures and so many things less than what my best is as I claim to have my hope in Jesus. And this is when things aren’t overwhelming with despair. It’s a great trap for Satan to place me in. It’s so easy to be cutting with my cynical words in this world. I am refusing right now, in the name of The Lord, to get lured into that like a blind sheep. More thanksgiving on my lips please!!

  • HealingMatthew

    I have been in need of these words for some time now. We almost lost my son at birth. We didn’t , but he suffered severe brain injury that drastically effects his motor skills. He was s surprise baby and I truly feel that he is a gift and that God has plans for him, big plans. Doctor after doctor told us to give up on him, that there was nothing left. But I couldn’t. I knew God would heal him. As time goes on, though, I often ask “why him? Why hasn’t he been healed yet? Why doesn’t the get to overcome like the other kids with his condition?” I truly am thankful for him and the time I have been blessed to have with him, but the circumstance sometimes gets the best of me. I begin to doubt if God ever intends to heal him, or heal him in the way that I expected, or if God’s big plans for him are completely different. Sometimes this valley seems like too much to bare. And sometimes, I just need to be reminded to take a step back, look around me, and realize that I’m not in a valley at all. I have my son and he is healthy and showered with love by his family every day. Who am I to ask for more? How is that a valley?!

    Rainwater flows off of the mountains and feeds the valleys, fostering lush vegetative and animal life. There is a lot of beauty in the valleys, we just need to remember to take our eyes off of the ground and see the wonders that surround us.

    Thank you for the reminder.

    • Nicky

      Hi, my six year old daughter has significant special needs and was born with brain abnormalities. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your beautiful, honest words. When I’m battling the why’s and all the pain from what happened to her, I try to constantly remind myself that Jesus is right here with me in both the joy and the sorrow. And also that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. That even though we go through unbelievable hardships on a daily basis, there is still so much beauty and things to be thankful for. He never lets go. Anyway, I’m sending love to you and your amazing son!

  • vegasrgl

    Perfect timing- I am dealing with health issues and feel that satan is sifting me… But my hope is in the Lord & still I will praise Him~

  • Sarah Martin

    I love these bold declarations! Great word!!!

  • This seems petty in light of other hard circumstances, but I ended a serious relationship 2 days ago because he didn’t love Jesus. I am in so much pain but this reminds me to have hope for something greater. I needed this.

    • Lauren

      Heather – that’s not petty at all! I’m praying for you and your heart, dear sister. Continue to hope in The Lord and press into Him during this hard time. You’ll learn so much about yourself and about Him.

  • This gave me such peace! I loved the verse where Job said should we accept good from God and not trouble? I think I forgot about that a lot. I needed this reminder! I will praise You in this storm!

  • As it has for many others, this spoke deeply to me. My kiddos just lost their paternal grandmother today. At 11 and 16, it seems far too young to have lost both of your grandmothers. Knowing that God is hope and love- it’s not really good bye, but see you later, brings not only immeasurable comfort but thankfulness as well.

  • I have literally been suffering through physical pain of chronic migraines everyday for the past three months. This has been a hard battle physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ve had to put volleyball, college, and what seems like my entire life on hold, but God is in control! His timing is perfect. This is the perfect series for me right now. God has been teaching me so much, and I’m so thankful for She Reads Truth, especially right now! If we can just be thankful in suffering, God can reveal more of his purpose.

  • “Sisters, it’s okay to be sad. But we know Jesus who died for us in love and rose again in love, so that all that is broken can be redeemed, so that in the midst of terrible pain we can know this isn’t all there is.” Thanks, Diana, I needed that!

  • 3 months ago my best friend was in a car wreck that ended her mom’s life and left her with a brain stem injury. She cannot talk, walk, or eat. The doctor’s have no idea how much she will recover, or if she’ll ever be able to function normally again. In August, a few days after her wreck, we were both supposed to start nursing school. I had to start without her. Anytime I begin to feel joy, whether it be with school or something else, I feel so guilty. How can I be happy when my best friend is in a hospital bed with brain damage? This devotion really spoke to me today. Having joy and being thankful is extremely difficult in this time of suffering, but I pray that I will learn. Thank you for this.

    • Jocelyn

      Taylor, I pray that you can discover that your dear friend takes joy and delight in you! Relay your experiences to her in a way that will help her experience them, too. It’s painful for her to miss out, yes, but she loves you and wants you to live abundantly! Even if she cannot communicate, her spirit still knows her friend. God will guide your words and you will find joy in the healing. Many prayers for her recovery. He’s still in the miracle business!

    • Carrie

      That is so hard. Prayers for you.

  • konsteance

    great reading today! we just discussed this very issue at church recently. our pastor preached on Job and may I say, it was so powerful and tied in perfectly to this message. i myself get so caught up in my pain and grief sometimes that i forget that its temporary. this is all temporary. but God, he is forever. His love is forever. Being reminded of this brings me so much peace. Thank you Lord for this wonderful reminder!

  • gingerparks

    I must share. This message was meant for me. I was sent home again today with a bad migraine. (Ya know, like there's a good one!) After an injection and hours of sleep, my hubby came into our bedroom and read me today's SRT devo and scripture, because he knows when I am suffering with this ailment, it hurts to read. Long story short, The Lord reminds me as He always does, to give Thanks even in this season of pain. He blessed me through today's lesson and through my hubby' s hands. GOD IS GOOD, OH SO GOOD!

  • bringbackhisgirls

    Again, this devotional is convicting, thought provoking, and it's almost a bit scary– only because such pain as Job's is uncomfortable and scary,to even fathom.

    For many months, I've been praying for the release of the girls kidnapped in Chibok this past April. It's been 7 months, and there is no sign of their release or escape anywhere on the horizon. Yet, I keep believing what God has promised– I do believe that they'll be rescued/will escape, and though it may not happen on my time, I keep praying for their release.
    But how many times have I praised God for the girls He has saved? How many prayers of thanksgiving have I lifted up for the victories had by the Nigerian military, or for the healing work that the Lord has done in the lives of those affected by this tragedy? Forgive me, Lord. When my hope is in you, it is never wasted. You did not let sorrow define you, but love. I pray that even in my pain and struggle, in the pain and struggle of these young women, we would turn our faces toward You, Oh Lord, the True Light of the world, for our comfort and strength, and not the things of this world.

    During my stay at the mental hospital, a fellow patient and I started reading through Job. We only got through chapter 1, but reading it at such a time as the one we were in was a true comfort. To know that our struggles were not necessarily "our fault," but that like Job, our mental illnesses were things to live with and ultimately to praise God for, gave us comfort and hope.
    Think of it… Job, a broken clay vessel himself, used a piece of broken pottery to scrape at his painful sores while his wife– his helpmate, his bride– told him to "curse God and die." What she said was evil, but think of the pain she was going through, too. Would I be Job, or would I be his wife? Such immense heartbreak would cause anyone to "curse God and die," and I only hope I'd have the faith of Job to continue praising the Lord despite that heart wrenching tragedy.

    Lord, cover all Your people with Your peace that surpasses all understanding, no matter the trial. Help us all to get our minds off of the pain– which can be, and is at times, SO hard to do– and onto your beautiful face. We thank you, that You are near to those who are broken and crushed in spirit. Show those in such pain just how near You are tonight, and how Mighty You are to be all that they need right now. I praise You for that, Lord Jesus. Amen.

    Be blessed, sisters. Enjoy Christ's peace as you all rest in Him.
    –AnnaLee

    • jessicalisel

      Annalee, your beautiful prayerful heart encourages me so much. I am convicted that I am not faithful in prayer over the horrors in this world. I can be so focused inwardly in my prayer life. I will be praying for those girls tonight and will continue to do so. Much love xx

  • LAQUETHA

    Oh so good. I love this verse in Romans because it reminds that hope doesn’t disappoint. Thanks so much. I am brand new to this and I can’t wait to share with friends

    • Traci84

      Amen! I believe that verse truly explains how deep God's love is for us that He sent a comforter to guard our heart. What an awesome God we serve?!

  • Sarah Keller

    You know what I think is even more amazing about these verses and this post itself? Is the one who is writing it. Thank you, Diana, for your wisdom and honesty and transparency that you've shown even in the midst of your own difficult, difficult suffering. My prayers, respect, and thankfulness are WITH you! I was just editing my own story of miscarriage, and I know that as devastating as that was for me, it pales in comparison to the valley's you've walked through. So, once again, thank you, and I praise God for your faith!

    For anyone struggling with pregnancy loss, I hope I can offer some honest and encouraging words on it here: http://sarahmkeller.blogspot.com/search?q=EDEN%27

    • Kim

      So glad I found your blog – my husband and I too are still healing from the loss of our baby at 14 weeks gestation. I had to deliver him and was able to hold him and bring home pictures of him. Just like you I often find myself praying for women who have experienced child loss much worse than mine. Love those confirmation verses that one day I’ll get to meet with my child again!

  • Discouragement has always been present in my life. zGoing after a goal, a boy, a new career, it always creeps in the corner. It zaps my enthusiasm and hope. However, after reading this, I need to stay positive, and pray to God to keep me grounded and have faith. I hope God still remembers me through my journey. This entry really helped me today! Thank you

  • Gema Muniz

    How beautiful, reading today's post brought tears to my eyes. I myself am going through a tough time in my life, not the worst but we always feel like our world is crumbling down. We always question why me? and wonder where we went wrong in our path with God. This post reminded me today that we shouldn't expect to live a perfect life without any problems just because we are Godly people. It reminds me that just the way our savior which was free of all sin dealt with suffering while on earth we also have to deal it.

    What a great reminder to all of us that as long as we press on and hold on to our God our sorrows will be turned into joy just because we are his children, because we believed in his word, no matter how crazy we may seem to the world. In paper our faith for God will never make sense but in my heart I know is what I want to live for. How great is God! giving you all the glory today and forever!….Amen!

  • wiscogurl

    Your world may be crashing down but remember, this isn’t all there is. Give thanks in your suffering! #SheReadsTruth #Day3

  • Jodie Wilt

    I love this devotional it hit me right at home I do tend to feel guilty if I find some joy in trouble times so this really helped me a lot thank you

  • Hannah Loren

    Our thanksgiving in times of suffering is a TESTAMENT to how TEMPORARY the pain is in light of our GREAT ETERNAL JOY and our EVERLASTING HOPE. Totally encouraged by this today. Thank you SRT!

  • The Lord has already spoken to me so much through this study. Thank you for letting the Lord use you and this ministry!! He is good. He is exactly what I need!

  • How lovely is it, after weeks of darkness to wake up and be ignited in light. Thanks you, SRT, for opening my eyes again this morning. I know that my suffering is not great in comparison to others, God has shown me this in my travels and my interactions, so I know it’s true. But sometimes when I’m overcome by the seeming hugeness of my own suffering I forget that He knows, that it’s not too much for me in His eyes. I continue to learn to turn to Him and ask for help, and when I do how quickly I am relieved. I keep searching for His plans, listen when He says to take action, that it won’t be easy, but that I can do it. I am so grateful for that. For Him. For feeling loved and carried.

  • I am struggling today with the Truth of who God is in the midst of suffering. I want to see Him as all loving & all good even when it seems like He is indifferent. I would appreciate your prayers for me in this area. Thank you…

    • Kelly

      Isaiah 61:3 – He gives beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, and peace for despair.

      Keep your faith, sister. He will bring you joy again.

      • Jenny

        Thank you Kelly. I'm holding on & I appreciate your prayers & encouragement.

    • Stacy

      Praying for you, Jenny!

    • Kylee

      The SRT study on Ruth helped me with this very issue SO MUCH, Jenny!! He is faithful even when it seems our lives are seeping with sorrow from every crack. I’m praying for you!

      • Jenny

        Thank you Kylee! Your prayers & encouragement mean so much. I am going to go through the Ruth study in the evenings now. Thank you for the suggestion. I'm glad that God is working in your life & I pray that He continues to minister to your heart every day.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Praying for you right now, sister. Trusting that He never fails and that He will make Himself more visible to you! Love to you, friend.

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

      • Jenny

        Thank you for your prayers & encouragement. These SRT studies are an answer to prayer. I am so grateful for this community who pray with open hearts for a stranger. It makes me feel a lot less alone in my struggles.

  • It’s so easy for me to fall into a “woe is me” mindset. Doing that is so dangerous though because it drowns out any sense of hope and makes your problem so much bigger. You focus on the pain in such a way that you fail to realize who can help us through the pain. I pray that today and everyday I can see the bad days through the eyes of God.

  • Rachel M

    I remember sitting on the floor in my room with a glass of wine and just crying. Screaming and begging for God to explain to me why he was doing this to me. I had watch a close friend die on one day and two days later my grandmother passed – moments before I could make it to her house to say goodbye. My relationship had fallen apart. I was alone and I was going to stay that way. This was way before I found God or any religion. I had no leg to stand on. But even now thinking back to those lower moments I remember that pain but I know, now on the other side of that battle, that I was never alone to begin with. God heard my crys and He sheltered me when I needed it most. I am still learning about God and being grateful for the world surrounding me. Thank you for this study!

  • It is amazing how God will use so many avenues to help us to get Hus message across to us. Today on Facebook, one of my sweet friends posted this video from Matt Chandler and I wanted to share it because it so fits the discussion of the day. As we think and listen to what he also has to say and ponder the things from today’s devotional, let us remember Jesus’ statement that sums it all up…

    “in this world you will have trouble – but take ❤️ – I have overcome the world.” – Jesus (John 16:33)

    Have a blessed day sisters!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0jwmFE9D0gs

  • As I sit here this morning and read through the comments and read through my Bible and think about people in my life dealing with miscarriages and cancer and foreclosures, I am reminded that God has protected me from so much. My sufferings seem like minor inconveniences when I consider the sufferings of others and of Jesus. Yet, no matter how trivial my sufferings seem in hindsight, in the moment they are excruciating. And no matter how big or small the suffering, God calls me to rejoice in it and to hold onto my hope in Him. I'm called to follow His example and suffer in love, trusting that what is broken will be redeemed. It is not for me to determine whose sufferings are greatest or to compare my suffering with others. It is only for me to rejoice when I do face the hard times, knowing it won't be like that forever. It is only for me to love others through their sufferings and to pray that they would hold onto hope in Jesus as hard as that may be.

  • I love reading through everyone’s comments. I am so encouraged by how intimate God is with us in each of our relationships with Him. I love how He uses one study to speak to all of us and meet us where we are at.

  • cricketrawlins

    This message today really struck home with me. I lost the love of my life 3 weeks ago and I am truly suffering. I am focusing on the hope in my trials hard as it might be…

    • Stacy

      I too lost my love 5 months ago so I know your pain. Praying for you sister!

    • Kelly

      I'm praying for peace and comfort for you. God will bring you joy again, and for that we can be thankful.

    • Stacy

      I am so sorry for your loss. Praying you feel the peace and presence of the One who loves you so.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Oh, sweet friend. Asking that His love would be a place of comfort to lean on. Praying hard with and for you, sister.

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Sam Grant

    This was absolutely perfect to read. Last night my friend came to me asking why God had allowed her to feel the pain of a lost loved one.. And I barely had the words for her. All I could tell her was that God wasn’t allowing her to feel this for no reason. There was something to learn from it. To just pray and be open to anything he says and I had no scripture come to mind about this and when I read this I asked her to read those passages as well.. Maybe she’ll find some hope in the midst of her darkness. Thank you.

  • Isaiah 40:9 – The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

    I have had a really tough year. I have had a rocky relationship with God my whole life. It is in the last year that God has called me back to Him, and my relationship with Him is stronger than ever.

    Give thanks for His love through our suffering and turmoil. His grace and love will guide us through the dark, and bring us peace. For this I am thankful.

  • Christin Noelle

    Just what I needed to hear this morning. I plan to use this to encourage friends, family, and myself through our walks with the Lord.

  • I have always loved the book of Job and am in the middle of writing a series of talks on Joy from the book of Job. How is that for irony?

    One of the things that always stands out to me from this passage is in verse 10 when it says, "In all this Job did not sin with his lips."

    I tend to run at the mouth when I'm upset about something. I feel sorry for myself and I start verbalizing all the ways my life should be different or people should treat me better or why did God allow such and such to happen. Once I start saying those things out loud, under the guise of "venting," I actually get more upset. It doesn't help me at all. In fact, I usually just feel more sorry for myself and guilty for some of the things I've said that, in my heart, I know are not true. Our lips are for praise, not pity parties.

    Job teaches us (Job 1:20) that, often, mourning and worship coexist. Pain and praise become one. And God is in it all.

    Thank you so much for this devotional. I am SO loving this study!

  • Beth Warner

    Job 2:10 should we accept good from God but not trouble?
    So true. I know people are watching me and my husband as we are going through my illness. Believe me, it’s not easy to always rejoice in this, especially when you feel like junk from treatments. But Lord, this is yours Everyday!!! Keep using it for good as you have been.
    Thank you again ladies for a great study.

  • So needed this today! Lost my husband to suicide 5 months ago and lost my 51 yr old pastor to cancer yesterday! I have also reminded my kids that this will not define us but be part of our story. I am also reminded of what our pastor told us when he told of his diagnosis 20 months ago…. We do not grieve as the world does, we have hope. This is so true. Psalms 90:12, Teach us to number our days, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Thank you again for this timely study!

    • Beth Warner

      I’m so sorry Stacy, praying for you and your kids this morning.

    • Kelly

      Praying for you, Stacy. Through your suffering and heartache, He will bring you peace and joy again.

      Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  • This is my first study with SRT. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Alissa, we love having you! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Debbie Schulte

    Amen! Thank you for this truth!!

  • Kendall_S

    thoughts on thanksgiving in suffering that i'm mulling over:

    ~ Job's suffering was allowed by God. Job's wife tried to weaken his faith. But Job did not sin in his suffering.

    ~ I should not be surprised at suffering but rejoice that God's glory can be revealed through it.

    ~ Have I missed blessings in suffering from the past because I was dwelling too much on my "pain" instead of on God's glory?

    ~ How do I typically sin in my suffering?

    ~ My "suffering" is so easy and light compared to Christ's suffering and that of fellow Christians worldwide.

    ~ My suffering is so light – yet my sin is so great.

    ~All that God allows is for my good and an opportunity for His glory to be revealed in my life. This is truly cause for thanksgiving!

    • Marissa

      Amen! Thank you for this

    • bringbackhisgirls

      Your question, "How do I typically sin in my suffering?" is definitely a question worth thinking over. Thank you for commenting such insightful, thoughtful questions! Be blessed, sister!
      –AnnaLee

  • Thank you for this! Thank you reminding me that if this is all true-if Christ is who He said He is and if my faith is in His love, then there is nothing to fear. Nothing to doubt. Though I do doubt and fear. I pray for strength-for wisdom. For a new marriage where I have come back to faith and my husband does not share that love. I pray to hold tight to Christ and learn and love His generosity…in all circumstances. Thank you for a space where all can share and learn and grow!

  • It is a hard calling to rejoice in our sufferings. Doing so goes against everything in our natural selves. But when we do…when we find the strength to rejoice and offer thanksgiving during our times of suffering, we are molded and shaped to be more like our Savior.

    I loved this…"Our thanksgiving in times of suffering is a testament to how temporary the pain is in light of our great eternal joy and our everlasting hope."

    How I want to remember this when life gets hard and overwhelming!

  • Jessica Joy

    So encouraged by all the others that are spurring on another on here in the comments… Community , we all need each other. Thankful for good studies like this!❤️

  • This series has truly been a blessing and encouragement. It sheds new thought and light on Thanksgiving. I am grateful to have a Savior who does isn’t absent in the struggles but rather the strength and anchor giving us HOPE!! I am a humble daughter of the true Prince of Peace!!!!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you!! My grandfather went home to the Father yesterday, and this message of hope was just what I needed this morning!

    Beckey
    http://reallyreallyrealhousewives.blogspot.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

    • Onfaith

      Prayers for you as you navigate the days ahead without your grandfather. Prayerful that you continue to find hope in this process and that God covers you in unimaginable peace! ~ B

    • SheReadsTruth

      Oh, Beckey, love you. Praying and leaning on His love with you, sister.

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Rebecca Lescay

    This study could not have come at a better time for me in my life! God is so good! He knows what we need before we do. God leads us to it! All we have to do is follow. Thankful today for my hope is in Jesus! Thankful today that He leads me! Thankful that even though there is suffering Jesus overcame and those who believe in Jesus with their whole heart soul mind and strength will also overcome!! <3

  • Thank you to the author and to those who are taking part in this study. What a wonderful feeling to be able to connect with complete strangers. What a blessing.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Lisa, we just love having you here! So glad we get to study giving thanks together!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Marti Pack

    I think I’ve lived a life time in the past 10 days. My son inlaw and 2 year old grandson was in a horrible accident. My son inlaw ran a stop sign and the car that hit him was speeding. They are still trying to piece the puzzle back together. My husband and I drove upon the scene about 3 minutes after it happened. We stopped to help not realizing that it was them. There was 1 fatality. My heart is hurting so and I was wondering if you could pray for my family. I’ve been apart of SRT for only a couple of months and I feel like God has done this for such a time as this. Specifically please pray for my daughter while her husband recovers. He is home but has many internal injuries that need to heal. They also have a 4 year old little girl. I know that God has given us strength, and now we need wisdom and more strength to get through what is ahead. It all so overwhelming.

    • Ruthie

      Praying for you and your family Marti.

    • Valanne

      Oh Marti, yes praying…you and your family will be blanketed in prayer from this community I am sure. May you rest in today's message.

    • stacie

      Praying for your family

    • Monica

      I will be praying for your family during this hard time.

    • Rebecca Lescay

      Marti my heart breaks for you and your family. I will be praying for you and your family. Right now in the precious name of our dear Lord Jesus, I lift up Marti and her family especially her daughter I pray Lord you will give them strength to get through this time of grief. Lord give them peace that surpasses all understanding and a sound mind. Lead them Lord by still waters refresh them. Love on them and comfort them. Renew them like the eagle. And let’s not forget the 4 year old little girl they have . Lord let their lives be filled to overflowing with love for this little girl let it be as a healing balm for the soul. Thou this family or any family may not understand the plans you have for them there life is in your hands through the eyes of faith may they clearly see you are good God you are good all the time. Amen!

    • Alissa

      Praying for you and your family

    • Liz S

      Oh Marti! At times like this it's so hard to see God's hand in everything. Father, please help each one involved. You know what is needed. I pray that from this situation will flow unexpected treasures for Marti and her family. Be healer for all their wounds, seen and unseen. Bring people alongside them in support and encouragement. Be their refuge and strength, an ever present help in this time of trouble (Psalm 46:1)
      Hold on, sweet sister in Jesus!

    • Leenda324

      Praying for you.

    • Miranda

      Praying now Marti! What a terrible situation and I pray that hope comes in the midst of this sorrow through the Holy Spirit!

    • Beth Warner

      Praying for you Marti that the Holy Spirit wraps his arms around your whole family. Giving you peace and calm through this. Also for the family of the fatality.

    • Onfaith

      I will be prayerful over your family today. Prayerful for quick and powerful healing, for God to be reflected in the circumstances, peace within your daughter and SIL. Prayer for the other family involved, for their loss. I will believe that God will work miraculous change and encouragement through this. That He will provide understanding and clarity for even your small grandchildren. That when feeling overwhelmed you and your family will feel the breath of God upon you and your strength renewed. Having lost a close loved one to a horrific accident, I know the shock and heartache in such circumstances. I know the days that lie ahead in disbelief and healing, but I also know that God is good and He will be a profound comfort to you and He will not leave your sides! ~ B

    • Shelley

      Father God, we lift up Marti and her family as they deal with the tragedy of yesterday’s events. Please heal her son-in-law of his injuries, be with his wife and their little girl, and be with Marti and her husband as they help them and all work through this tragic day’s events. Bless them as only You can, Father, with peace and wisdom and calm in the midst of this storm. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

      Thinking of you, Marti and praying God’s peace in the midst of the storm. ❤️

    • Jen

      I will be praying for you!

    • tina

      Oh Marti, I am sorry to hear your heart breaking g news….lifting you up in prayer and praying God has His loving arms around each and every one of you…as only He can…sending you a big hug and love…

  • This study is so great

    • SheReadsTruth

      Molly, we love having you! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Brandie Lane

    “Shouldn’t we be ashamed…. Shouldn’t we be embarrassed… ” how true & so convicting that I didn’t trust him enough to have those thoughts. He said he would be with us & that’s perfect. Thank you!

  • sue zierden

    On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand! Praying today that I would remember in every little irritating situation to praise Him and keep my eyes on the Hope I have in Him because I am redeemed. So thankful for this study!

  • I needed this lesson today. I don’t thank God enough for the good things, never mind the sufferings. Hoping this turns my sometimes complaining ways into gratitude. We all suffer! But in the end I know I will rest in his arms.
    Thanks for using Romans 5:1-5, it’s my favorite verse in the Bible.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Nancy! We are so happy to have you with us! Thanks for sharing your heart!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Party Of Seven

    It has been a thought on my mind for some time now that maybe the reason we strive for “perfection” and are so uncomfortable with “suffering” is because somewhere deep in our original DNA we were designed by our Creator for that “perfect garden lifestyle” and still long for it today. By original design, we were never meant to suffer…then there was sin. Thanks to a gracious and loving Father, He chose to share in our sufferings and make a way for us so we to can share in His glory one day! What a wonderful Savior! It makes temporal sufferings so worth the wait for that eternal prize!

    • Candacejo

      I love that: He chose to share in our sufferings and make a way for us so we too can share in His glory one day! ♥

  • Sometimes I feel like my "..fiery trials.." are nothing compared to those Jesus suffered. I am even ashamed of my troubles, and find it difficult to liken them to those that Christ endured. I just really hope that I am suffering in a way that pleases Him, and that I may trust Him completely. Call me a nut for holding hope in Jesus. Go for it. I would rather have a LIVING HOPE, than feel alone and in despair. "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.."

    • Haley

      Hello Julia:

      I was feeling *just* like that this morning, and was reading in Corrie ten Boom's 'Jesus is Victor'. Two quotes stuck out to me; I hope they encourage you just as much as they did me. :)

      "There is only one force more powerful than fear –and that is faith. Does your need seem big to you? Then make sure that God knows how big it looks in your eyes, and He will treat it as such. He will never belittle it, however trivial. He will not laugh at it, or at us. He never forgets how large our problems look to us!"

      "'What a friend we have in Jesus!' His hand keeps us, not only when we go through the valley of the shadow of death, but also before that. When we pray, 'Take my hand, Lord, and hold me tight,' the Lord does it. He has every opportunity and every possibility –and how much love He has for us! He is never too busy with others. He takes time to be with us."

      Have a richly blessed day in Jesus, sister. :)

      ~Haley

      • Julia

        Thank you so much Haley! You are a kind soul. I am encouraged by these words. xo

  • So very, very thankful for hope in Jesus – and His love – in times of struggle. And I have been there. Grabbing onto joy in struggles isn’t easy – but with Him, it is possible and reasonable. Praise Him!

  • This reminds me of the Casting Crowns Song, "Praise You in this Storm". Through a major trial in my life, the sickness of my husband with young children at home, I sang this song daily. I do not know that I truly believed it myself. But professing it, I do believe helped add to my faith. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5bLvVjJ4MA

    • Catherine_K_L

      Cara, thinking of you and nodding my head with your comments. Speaking (or in this case, singing) the truth over our lives does add to our faith. Consider Isaiah 55:10-11 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." Even when we don't feel it, or have only a shred of belief in it for ourselves in our trials and suffering, the truth in the Word is a balm for our souls and will definitely add to our faith and The Lord blesses us with sustaining grace to get through and the result is a stronger faith, and greater thanksgiving. Not certain if your still enduring the trial with your husbands health right now, but you can know that God will carry you through this or any storm. One of my favorite teachers, Charles Stanley says this "we only need to obey God, and leave the consequences up to Him". XOXO

    • Candacejo

      Cause You are Who You are, no matter where I am! And every tear I cry, You hold in Your hands, You never left my side….♥

    • Lamujerfuerte

      Thank you, Cara. My husband has chronic illnesses that are sometimes very severe and require weeks of hospitalization. Our trial continues after more than a fifteen years The suffering seems to define me – not joy. As the breadwinner and mom of a young child it is sometimes just too much to bare. I hope to remember this song so I can sing it over our home – even if the words don’t feel true.

  • Rejoicing in tribulation is refreshing. Like going to prayer when you're stressed, it can serve to immediately relieve you, but often it is so much harder to accomplish. There was a season my husband had to deal with the enemy warring, in an insane way, in his brain. It would take one thought, one message, one idea, to set him on a path of internal destruction. A horrible cycle that just ached to remove his new found faith. We were stumped, prayer, books, conversations, mentors, nothing seemed to help or spare him. Then, one day, I heard a message about employing PTSD techniques. The woman spoke about things she was deathly afraid of encountering, even a simple spider. She explained that she learned she needed to actively train her brain to be ready for an encounter. She systematically played out, in her head, how she would handle a situation. It became so second nature, when she was faced with it, she didn't give her response to it a thought….she just "did". I realized my husband needed to train his brain and heart as well. If a certain thought popped in, what would be his response to it? We came up with mantras/prayers he'd recite that would force him to focus elsewhere. Over time it changed and he handled things remarkably. He had readied himself and found peace.

    Short of this is, rejoicing in pain isn't as natural as dwelling. It's something that can take work. We shouldn't just hope we will respond in joy. Our joy is something the enemy can't wait to get his hands on, why wouldn't we, with Christ, prepare to war for it. We should actively prepare our hearts and minds for the seasons and moments we are troubled, we know they will come. If we can pray about those seasons ahead of them, ask God to give us the tools, to prepare us, to ready us. If we ponder HOW we want to respond in those situations, our peace over them will become more natural and our responses more joy filled. We practice for the perfect serve, driver's tests, exams, presentations. We have manuals at work as a reference for emergent situations …. We should do the same with our hearts and minds. Train our human responses to God centered ones, ready ourselves to profuse joy and thanks in aching seasons! ~ B

    • Liz

      “Rejoice in tribulation!” I like the way you phrased that.

    • Candacejo

      Our joy is something the enemy can't wait to get his hands on…so true! I am prepared to war for it!! ♥

    • Rebecca Lescay

      Onfaith, I enjoyed reading your comment.

    • Rebecca Lescay

      Rejoice in Tribulation and prepare to war for it!!! Amen I will prepare to war for the joy I have in Christ!!

  • I appreciate the reminder that in the valley is where we are formed into being more ;like Christ and enough to be thankful for and yet so much more….we prayed begged wept 7 years for children….at the end a double portion , in those days Job kept me hopeful at the end he was blessed double and so were we …twins …I live the blessing…I enjoy daily now the reward of being faithfully keep on keeping on for the Lord ….and in those years God kept on blessing me with woman of encouragement….I am now blessed beyond measure….but I can admit I also did the why me in those days ….thankfully I can now be able to find joy the joy of the Lord in suffering….thank you for the reminder of our need to be thankful in ALL things

  • My good friend's father is dying. I visited his family home last night and in the midst of suffering the loss of a man who has been a rock to this family, there was hope and joy I visited with the intention of bringing a word of comfort and praying with the family. I am the one who was comforted and blessed! So much love being showered on this man and family members who were previously upset with each other coming together to love on this man. Yes there were tears and sadness but there was also hope and joy. What a beautiful testament to the presence of God! "As we walk through our valleys we do not have to dwell in pain".

  • Lys_in_RO

    I needed to be reminded of this today. I’ve been having one of the worst and best weeks of my life. My heart is hurting. I’m feeling overwhelmed and scared. Yet, at the same time I have the peace of God. I have so much for which to be grateful. My heart is suffering. I needed the reminder that it’s okay to find joy in the suffering.

    • Candacejo

      Blessings to you today. Holding you up in prayer! ♥

    • Gema Muniz

      Amen sister, so glad that God has given you peace during this hard time. There is nothing more beautiful than to feel God close by and to feel his embrace of love while going through a trial, press on and don't give up. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  • So good to read this today. I love when Job says to his wife (in The Message): “You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God-why not also the bad days?”

  • It's been very hard for me to be thankful throughout the past year and a half. I was supposed to go to college last year, but here I am…still stuck at home when this was supposed to be my sophomore year in college. Sometimes I have to be thankful and praise The Lord when I get discouraged about it, and I get discouraged a lot! But recently, I feel that God has kept me at home to take me in a different direction. He's led me to discovering this wonderful school that has an amazing program in the area that I've come to recently have a deep passion for. Funny enough, the university is all the way in England, but somehow I'm not sure if I should take this as a sign that this is where God wants to take me or if I just think it's too good to be true, like everything else I've encountered in my life. I feel like God wants me to take this route of education, but I want to make 100% sure before I start studying to take the ACTs (which I would need a 29 on to even be considered being accepted) which I should have taken a long time ago, but didn't due to the fact my other school didn't require them. I'm so unsure and on the fence about everything right now, but if it's what God wants then I want to jump right in and get started as soon as I can, because I know He has something amazing in store if He decides to open this door.

    Would you please pray with me, so God can give me clarity? It is greatly appreciated!

    Have a wonderful day, ladies!

    • tina

      Hannah, can I tell you something….about life….it hardly ever go according to our plans….I left my job, with all sorts of good intentions, I was going to set up as a freelance chef….in the first year I probably worked maybe four, five times…the rest was spent moving my daughter into her new home and helping her decorate… which meant a lot of time with my beautiful girl….what a blessing that was…because, although I was eeking away at savings, through not working, and not many jobs on the horizon….and there was frustration…I got to spend what I know now to be her last year with her….sometimes there is a gift so so profound in the waiting, the redirection, that time of uncertainty….hang in there, do not be discouraged….I will pray God gives you clarity in where, what and how….in the meantime, give thanks,.. for God, and only God knows the plans He has for you…..and trust me….they will be as amazing as God intended you to be…..big hug dearest heart…x

    • Emily

      You will definitely be in my prayers. I would love to just offer a word of encouragement though. I am a freshman in college, so last year like you, I was faced with that big decision of what God wanted me to do and where He wanted me to go for the next 4 years. The more that I prayed I could feel God leading me to this one school in particular. Now, my school is not as far away as England, but it is about 5 hours from my home. This school, however, has one of the best Nursing programs in the country, and would provide a wonderful opportunity to grow spiritually as it is a Christian liberal arts college. As to being 100% sure, I never was. Satan will always try to creep in and feed you doubt and discouragement. But, what I can tell you is that God provided in SO many ways to allow me to come to this school that it was undeniably His will for my life. I was worried about my ACT/SAT scores–God allowed me to succeed with flying colors. I was worried about having enough money to attend the college–God provided me with scholarships that covered nearly 75% of my tuition. I was worried about not having any friends when I moved–God allowed me to make some of the most amazing friends I could have asked for. So, sister, take heart and know that God is ON YOUR SIDE. He desires you to seek Him, and, on top of that, He promises that if you seek Him then you will find Him. (Matt. 7:7 and Jer. 29:13) Hang in there Hannah, because God is working on something great for you!

    • Sandra in Phx

      Hannah, praying the Lord will throw open the doors He wants you to go through and close the ones that He doesn't.

    • sheila

      Dear Father in Heaven ~ all-knowing and powerful ~ guide your precious daughter, Hannah, through this maze of life's decisions. Lead her clearly to the path that You will have her travel. In all things, I praise Your beautiful name ~ amen

    • Eva

      Hi, Hannah. The years following high school can be so confusing! There are so many directions possible and it’s hard to understand which way God wants us to go. I lived at home the past two years of college and have attended three different school since then. I understand your anxiety! You’re not alone. Being thankful during a time in our lives that is hard to get a handle on can be tough. You’re doing the right thing in praying and asking God where he wants you. What a relief that no matter where life takes us, Christ is along for the ride! I will pray that God makes you content in whatever decision you make. Godspeed!

    • Sarah Tapia

      I would say start!! God is a God of action he is not passive, study, take the test, and if you pass then you apply!! e prayerful along the way and he will guide you, but he cant guide you if you dont start moving!!

    • Hannah

      Hey Hannah!
      I know that you posted this a while ago but I just did this devotional today and saw it! I think its absolutely crazy how God works! My friend and I are literally in the same situation as you, wondering why God has kept us here when we should be halfway through our sophomore year of college. We hadn't really felt a clear direction on where to go or what to do. About two weeks ago we had the crazy thought of going to school somewhere outside the U.S. It started off as more wishful thinking but turned into something we felt God might be leading us towards and maybe the reason He has kept us here. England had been in our thoughts for a while and one Wednesday night at church, we were introduced to a girl who attended a college in England and loved it. We told her about our interest and she said she would be more than happy to help out with anything. Funny enough, seeing your post was almost a confirmation for me. I started to read your comment and kind of freaked out at how similar our situations are and we have the same name! lol I just wanted to thank you for sharing and to also give you a word of encouragement. I will definitely be praying for you and your situation because I know exactly how you are feeling! Trust God with it and He will start to blow your mind in ways you never could have imagined!

      • Hannah

        You have no idea how good it is to know that someone else is literally in the same exact position as me! People ask me all the time if I'm in school, and when I say no, they're always like, "oh, it's ok! Don't worry about it because you have plenty of time to get there." I understand that, but I think they say that because most people that graduate high school nowadays have absolutely no idea what they want to do/major in. It was so hard because I really knew what I wanted to do. I'm glad God kept me here because I gained so much knowledge staying with my parents for another year and a half. I now know how to budget and be (fairly) frugal with my money. I've learned about investing, and that I should invest as early as possible if I want to be well-off when I retire (which is so crazy to say, by the way) Lol! I have also learned a lot about nutrition, which is what I'm extremely interested in and what I want to go to school for. The program at the University of Surrey caught my attention with their nutrition/dietetics program and the more I look at it, the more eager I am to learn what they have to say. I'm just still up in the air about if God really wants it, but I suppose I'll start studying for the ACTs and try my hardest to get a 29, or above, since I'm not super smart, but I guess if it is what God wants, then He'll make it happen. :)
        May I ask what school you've been looking into? I think it would be so cool if we all happened to go to school in England! We could even get together, which would be really fun!
        Anyway, I will definitely pray for you as well. You should ask for a prospectus and apply, to see what they have to say! :)
        Have a good day, Hannah!

        • Hannah

          Yess!!! I know exactly what you are talking about! I want to go to nursing school to become a PA and I have known for a while which just makes me more eager to attend a school. And I definitely agree that God was working in my life this past year and a half and I grew more in Him and in maturity from staying at home, but I also feel like He is preparing me to move on now. The hardest part for me was just trying to figure out where God wanted me. I feel a strong nudge towards England and every time I think I about it I just get so excited! lol But I will definitely look into the University of Surrey because I honestly didn't have a specific university in mind. And how awesome would that be if we could get together and maybe end up at the same school?! But thank you soo much for your prayers! And I will definitely be praying for you also and your ACTs. If you really feel God's nudge towards England and this school He will work EVERYTHING out! Remember Phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" :)

          • Hannah

            That really would be so fun to end up going to the same school together! I looked on the university's website and I know that they have some nursing programs, I'm not sure if they have PA programs, but I suppose you can look into that since you would know more about what you would have to study for that more than I do. But the campus is absolutely beautiful and looks like it's from a fairytale, almost! It's also a 30 minute tube ride away from London, so that's always a plus, as well! And I thought it was so funny because I had a friend post something on Facebook today about how studying in England is so much more amazing than studying in the US…so I was kinda like, hey…is this a sign, God? :) The school is also close to a Hillsong Church location that is in Surrey, so that's good too! (I'm sure by now you can tell how easer I am to study there…lol!) I ordered a prospectus about 3 weeks ago, so now I'm just waiting for it to come in the mail…so hopefully it'll come soon…? Anyway, thank you for the encouragement! And if you want the link to the University's website, it's surrey.ac.uk.

          • Hannah

            Yeah I went and looked it up yesterday and I fell in love!! It really does look like something from a fairy tale, its gorgeous! And apparently they have like one of the best nursing programs there… soo uhh thats amazing lol and when you said that a Hillsong Church is in Surrey I almost just flipped out. Me and my friend were just talking about how amazing it would be to visit a Hillsong Church. I'm getting very eager too! lol but I went online yesterday and ordered a prospectus also so mine should be here in about 3 weeks. Thanks soo much for all the help!

          • Hannah

            Absolutely!! I've been waiting for my prospectus and it's been 3 weeks already…I'm getting really antsy about it! Haha! But hopefully something will come soon and I can get information about it that I don't already know. But we should definitely keep in contact and see what happens with each other!

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